Rock The Vote will honor Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette, and Public Enemy frontman Chuck D next month at the organization's 10th annual awards ceremony. On Feb. 22 at New York's Roseland Ballroom, Morissette and Gabriel will be bestowed with Patrick Lippert Awards, named for Rock The Vote's late executive director. Chuck D, meanwhile, will be honored with the group's Founder's Award.
In an effort to combat plummeting CD sales, six of the largest music retailers have formed a joint venture, dubbed Echo, to ensure their survival in a world where consumers are spending less and less of their entertainment dollars on physical music products. Echo brings together Best Buy, Tower Records, Virgin Entertainment Group, Wherehouse Music, Hastings Entertainment Inc. and Trans World Entertainment Corp., which operates FYE, Strawberries, and Coconuts, as equal partners.
Justin Timberlake's debut solo album "Justified" (Jive) ascended to No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 26) in its 12th week on the U.K. chart. Meanwhile David Sneddon, the Scottish winner of the BBC's pre-Christmas talent series "Fame Academy," began a second week atop the U.K. singles chart with "Stop Living the Lie" (Mercury).
Prosecutors may subpoena singer Aretha Franklin to obtain information about her home that was destroyed by a fire in October. The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office will decide this week whether to issue an investigative subpoena that would "compel her to testify," said Assistant Prosecutor James Halushka.
The U.S. Supreme Court today (Jan. 27) rejected an appeal by Mattel Inc. over its lawsuit against MCA Records Inc., claiming the 1997 pop hit "Barbie Girl" had infringed on the toy maker's doll trademark.
With 12 nominations, "Chicago" tied with "Gangs of New York" to lead the field for the British Academy Film Awards (aka the Baftas). Among the nods for the silver screen adaptation of the Broadway musical are best film, best director (Rob Marshall), best actress (Renee Zellweger), and two for best supporting actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah).
Pearl Jam has unveiled details of the delivery method for the official "bootlegs" of its 2003 tour. As first tipped here last fall, fans who pre-order shows from the band's Ten Club fan organization will first receive a secure Web link to download unmastered MP3 files a day after any given performance. A mastered double-CD copy of the concert, complete with custom-designed packaging, will then arrive approximately 7-10 business days later.
India.Arie, John Fogerty, Solomon Burke, Natalie Cole, Levon Helm, and Alison Krauss are among the newly confirmed artists flocking to the Feb. 7 Salute to the Blues concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall.